Styling the likes of Erykah Badu, Iman, Willow Smith, and working 3 consecutive years as the hair stylist on Project Runway, Derick Monroe has proven himself as a talented and versatile hairstylist with exceptional skills working with wigs, extensions, and natural hair textures. With breathtaking editorial spreads and recent press with Tinashe, Derick’s artistry is taking him places. But we want to know more. Where did he get his start and how can we aspire to get where he is? Just keep reading to learn more about this Mane Master.
How did you get your start in the industry?
My first freelance job was a chance job of being at the right place at the right time. Wendy Williams used to do a fashion show segment and I happened to be there helping out a fashion stylist. One of the producers was a an old friend. They were running behind and asked if I could help out with the hair. They loved me and asked me back from time to time first two seasons.
What was one of your biggest career challenges and how did you overcome it?
Being seen as hairstylist and a “black hairstylist.” I’m getting there with my work, but it’s still hard to not be pigeonholed.
Who are some role models who have inspired you?
Do you have a signature look or style that you are known for?
I’m known for a messy toussled wave I think.
What was your last major makeover that you’ve done?
I just finished working on a show on TLC callled ‘Save My Style.’ We did major makeovers on that show from dramatic color to serious cuts. It’s scheduled to come out at the first of the year. It stars celebrity fashion stylist @Juneambrose.
Which hair products or tools are always in your kit
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I would tell myself to do more test shoots, and I would also say ‘relax you’re gonna be fine.’ I used to worry so much about how things would turn out instead of enjoying the moment.
What is the next chapter for you?
Next chapter involves being a beauty personality. I enjoy talking all things beauty, so maybe talk about hosting a show or something like that, maybe become the spokesman for a brand. Then producing some TV and documentary content of my own.
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